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Berlin and Amsterdam are two town connected with the life of young Jew writer Anne Frank.
For more than two years Anne Frank and her family lived in the annex of the building at Prinsengracht 263, where Anne’s father, Otto Frank, also had his business. The Van Pels family and Fritz Pfeffer hid there with them.
With the help of his staff who were the only one to know the hidden place, the family conceal the doorway to the annex behind a moveable bookcase constructed especially for this purpose.
They helped Frank's family by supplying them with food and news of the outside world. On August 4, 1944, the hiding place was betrayed. They all were deported to various concentration camps. Only Anne's father, Otto Frank survived the war.
Nowadays, the rooms at the Anne Frank House, though empty, still breathe the atmosphere of that period of time. Quotations from the diary, historical documents, photographs, film images, and original objects that belonged to those in hiding and the helpers illustrate the events that took place here. Anne’s original diary and other notebooks are on display in the museum.
A multimedia space displays to visitors a “virtual journey” through the Anne Frank House, accessing background information about the people in hiding and World War II. An exhibition is presented in the exhibition hall.